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How to counteract age when the nervous system is damaged

As we get older, the body becomes more prone to damage and is less able to repair it. The delicate tissue of the brain and spinal cord (collectively referred to as the central nervous system) are no exception. With age, damage due to traumatic brain... click to read more

  • Nathan J. Michaels | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Jason R. Plemel | Assistant Professor at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Views 215
Reading time 4.5 min
published on May 11, 2021
How our brain temporally organizes our memories of past events

The ability of the brain to represent time is fundamental for human experience. When something remarkable happens to us, our brain records it as a video. When we remember it, we recall also the location and time sequence in which the event occurred, in addition... click to read more

  • Elena Delfino | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 432
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 7, 2021
Artificial vision in the spotlight

Out of sight - out of mind, as they say. Or maybe not? This can be an intriguing question for a neuroscientist today. For our eyes, everyday life is nothing more than light. The train ticket you bought, the person you chatted with, the article... click to read more

  • Polyxeni Damala | PhD Student at Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 711
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 29, 2021
Learning to stop: two types of neurons cooperate to adjust behaviour

We continuously learn about the consequences of our actions and change our behaviour accordingly so we can in future repeat a response that produced the desired outcome and hold back learned behaviours that are no longer appropriate. Imagine you are hungry and go to the... click to read more

  • Miriam Matamales | Research Fellow at School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Views 1084
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 19, 2021
How your body knows to shout ‘ouch’

Ouch! — we often can't help shouting when stubbing a toe or getting a finger squashed in a door. These are everyday experiences that elicit pain. But how do we actually recognize those experiences as painful? Why is pain precious? Pain sensing begins with specialized nerve... click to read more

  • Lou Beaulieu-Laroche | PhD Student at McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Views 775
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 5, 2021